Krieky Bones
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #97
Ranked #1,006
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Jun 12, 2022
Jul 12, 2014
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Notes: Perhaps it was a way to motivate us into producing beer, or maybe it was a desperate hint at a Birthday gift. Either way, David Walker cornered us one day and asked for a sour cherry fermented beer for his 50th birthday. Nothing more was said, but we took note and the opportunity to create something new. On the occasion of David’s golden jubilee, we celebrate his mid-life mortality check with Walker’s Krieky Bones! This beer begins its life as a Flanders Red style beer aged eight months in a 2200 gallon French Oak Foeder, sour cherries were added and allowed a secondary fermentation. The aroma is of cherry pie complete with flavors of piecrust and spicy notes. Vienna malt notes give way to assertive acidity and firm carbonation to finish. A santé and happy 50th birthday David!
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Rated: 4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by jakecattleco from California

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBrewsClues from California

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Now, that is what I call sour. It didn't have the most enticing aroma, but it tastes incredible. Fantastic tart cherry and raspberry flavors, nice zestiness layered on top of the oakiness from the barrels,, with a little maltiness to smooth it out.
Jan 19, 2022
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Rated by TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Batch 4
Dec 01, 2021
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Reviewed by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have been sitting on this one for awhile. Found it in the closet today. 100 degrees out, let’s do it! LOVE cherries in sours and this one is very well done!
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by drstalker from Illinois

Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Amazing. Funky, sour, fruity, tart, boozy. Everything I want from a barrel aged wild ale. George Clinton drops this beer off singing “gotta have that funk” and I tell him thank you.
May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by crobinso from Colorado

Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Apr 02, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2021
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Reviewed by DvdP from Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 06/29/17. Nice pop, pours pinkish orange, with a dense white head. Smells tart, vinous, plenty of cherry. Definitely some acidity in the throat, but nicely soft flavours. Cherries, peach, some light tannins. Very nice balance, light and refreshing.
Dec 11, 2020
Rated: 4.69 by KensWorld from Florida

Nov 18, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
375ml Bottled: 09/26/16 - Batch: No. 003

Pours a cloudy hazy dark scarlet orange red color with a small creamy frothy off-white foam head that sticks around for a little while. Smells real funky right now with moderate fresh sour cherry fruitiness, some oak foeder, bready toasty caramelized malt, a hint of lemon acidity, mild acetic vinegary red wine, some barnyard horse blanket, musty hay, straw, a touch of leather, sweet pie spice, and light floral earthy herbal hops. Tastes like beautifully balanced fresh tart cherries, pie crust, bready toasty caramelized malts, oak foeder, sweet cinnamon-esque spice, a hint of lemon, cherry cider, mild barnyard hay, straw, a touch of leathery phenol, and light floral earthy herbal hop notes. Feels medium bodied, fairly juicy and smooth with drying moderate crisp carbonation. Really well balanced flavor and acidity, easy to drink and refreshing, finishing dry leaving me reaching for another sip. Overall this is a really great kriek wild ale fermented with sour Montmorency cherries in oak foeders.
Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Burt from Rhode Island

Oct 01, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Apr 06, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #003, bottled 9/26/16, had 4/25/19.

Pours a dark gold color with a pinkish hue, a little hazy, with a one inch foamy head and some slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of cherries, light funk, malt, some raspberries, light black pepper. Smells somewhat tart and lightly sour. The flavor is tart and lightly sour, with cherries- which linger in the aftertaste, malt, some funk. Spicy, but can’t identify any. Mildly acidic. Smooth, a good light to medium body, well carbonated.

Great cherries, a good level of tartness and sourness. Kind of a one note beer for FW, though. Very enjoyable.
Mar 19, 2020
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Pours a very cloudy reddish orange color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is very. Lacing is good. Small pour. Very good sour cherry aroma. Same with taste. Nice sourness. Very good.
Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by impending from California

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Feb 16, 2020
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Reviewed by dfillius from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Label has different stats than synopsis above... 6.3% ABV, batch #4 or 9, hard to read. Bottled 06/19/17.

Perfectly reddish color that isn’t plain red. Tawny red. More head would be only correction...but it is a sour so can’t expect too much. Fairly tart. Palate-drying acidity. Enjoyable depth of flavor with notes of oak, cherry, lemon, slight funkiness.
Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by caffeinelogic from New York

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 06, 2020
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Rated by BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Nice cherry beer . Not too sour
Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap:
Lovely clear rose leaning ruby with a mushroom off-white head as served. Lacing is heavy at first, but streams a bit more deeper into the glass.

Nose brings a nice level of tart/sour expectations with enough cherry to confirm they were likely used as indicated. A little tang seems to indicate a barrel may have been involved, but isn’t obvious.

Tartness opens the taste with moderate acidity, which fades to unveil the cherry aspect. The base wild beer holds up to keep the cherries as an enhancement more than the main event. Only very light hints of the foeder, unfortunately.

Light and tart and fairly straightforward, I’m missing a bit more nuance and specifically want a little more influence from the oak.
Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by videofrog from Texas

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
$ 13.71 (Including tax and discount)/12.7 oz cork and cage bottle ($ 1.08/oz) from State Line Liquor, Elkton, MD. Reviewed 7/19/19.
Bottle stamped “Batch 009 (or maybe 004) Bottled 06/19/17” on middle of label. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light pinkish-orange, slight haze.
Body – Rusty, murky. When held to the light, orange and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, fizzy, medium density, short retention, quickly diminishing to a three to four mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – Fair. As the level drops, an irregular band of extremely tiny bubbles remain.
Aroma – 3.5 – Sour fruit.
Flavor – 4 – Distinctly sour with a bit of a cherry. Some Brett funk. Ends tart and somewhat dry with oak tannins. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.3 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, fizzy carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Very pleasing cherry-based wild ale. While the appearance, nose, and palate are slightly above average, the flavor is outstanding. This would compare well to the better Belgian kriek offerings.
Jul 19, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
375 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch 004, bottled on 6/19/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper/light reddish color, with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy red cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy red cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy red cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/musty/lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Amazing balance of super juicy/jammy cherries, and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great oak presence and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp drying. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example. Aged wonderfully on the wild complexity.
Jul 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: Murky blood orange with a decent head
Smell: Sweet cherry and wild yeast with a citrus musk
Taste: Sweet and tart cherry, wild yeasts complement this beer incredibly well, very well rounded
Feel: Nothing special on the feel. Highly carbonated and smooth
Jul 16, 2019
Rated: 5 by ambiguousbigot from California

May 29, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

May 27, 2019
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Reviewed by D9sus4 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
One of the two best American made Belgian style cherry sour brews I've tasted. Very clean overall with a good nose, not too tart mouth feel and a dry finish. Tried it from a tap at a good local beer bar. Definitely worth a try if you like cherry sours.
May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Mar 30, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Very pretty orange-pick color but almost no head, just a ring. Very nice flowery aroma: barrels, sweet spices, cherries malt& a wisp of vinegar. Tart-salty taste. Flavor is same as aroma with the addition mild funk, I can taste the pie crust but the cherry flavor was a lot less than I expected. A bit thin with moderate carbonation& hunt a hint of alcohol. Tasty & refreshing
Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation
Aroma is cherry sweethtart candy, malted, yeast.
Taste follows the aroma with tart cherry candy being forward but it isn't too sweet at all. It's a bit dry but overall it makes an excellent dessert beer
Feb 18, 2019
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